The Eagle Update

The Excel Academy Weekly Newsletter: May 1, 2023

Greetings Excel Community,

We are in the final weeks of school. There are several events happening this month, so please be sure to check the school website calendar for accurate dates. Huge thanks for your continued flexibility as we navigate different, and often changing, weather conditions. Everyone wants to make sure that students and families can enjoy all the wonderful offerings while dry, warm, and comfortable.

Special thanks to students and families who supported our very own, Blake Cooper, at Gigi's Glo Run this past Saturday! It was a fun time to support Gigi's Playhouse, an amazing resource center for people with Down Syndrome in our community!

Be sure to check email and the calendar for updates throughout the month for events to bring the fun and sun to our days!

Here we go into May!

Dr. Susan-Marie Farmen

Executive Director

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Leadership Coffee Chat

This month, our chat showcases information from Mr. Yanker, our facilities guru. He will share all the upcoming renovations that are starting this summer. He and Dr. Farmen have worked tirelessly over the past two years to strategically plan, budget, and collaborate with outside professionals in support of increased safety and space allocations within our facility. Some highlights of the Phase II Renovations include:

  • The upcoming construction and why is was essential to safety updates
  • Funding the work and upgrades
  • A site work presentation
  • Interior renovation presentation
  • Brief Q & A

Important Updates

Library Last Days of School Reminders

All materials are due back to the library by May 5, 2023. Please note: we begin assessing fees for overdue or lost books at this time. Students with missing Chromebooks and chargers will also be fined if they are not returned by the last day of school. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Dozbaba in the library.

Excel Academy's Talent Show Extravaganza

Thursday, May 18, 2023

From 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Auditions will be taking place from April 17 - May 5th . You can audition the following ways:

  1. Send Mrs. Boyd a video of your act. The video must be received before the May 5th deadline.
  2. Make an appointment with Mrs. Boyd. Available times include before school Tuesday through Friday. Thursday, April 20th after school and Friday, April 28th from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. If none of these times work out, please reach out to Mrs. Boyd to set up an alternate audition time.

The chosen Talent Show acts will be posted on Mrs. Boyd's music door on Monday, May 8th.

The talent show is a yearly fundraiser for the music room and helps to repair and purchase instruments for students learning. Thank you for your support. It is so appreciated. Suggested donations are $10 per adult and $5. per students.

General Information

Neurodiversity Podcast

The Neurodiversity Podcast, by Emily Kircher-Morris, talks with leaders in the fields of psychology, education, and beyond, about positively impacting neurodivergent people. Our goal is to reframe differences that were once considered disabilities or disorders, promote awareness of this unique population, and improve the lives of neurodivergent and high-ability people. The podcast is linked here.

Laps for Learning: Rescheduled for May 16th

It is spring and time for our beloved Laps for Learning fundraiser! The students have been preparing in PE and are ready to put their running skills to work on Tuesday, 5/16! Please sign your child up HERE for their free fundraising page TODAY and get started on raising money to meet the $75 goal/student. Prizes this year are awesome experiences like Meow Wolf, Urban Air, Elitch Gardens, Water World, Denver Zoo and more!

Check out this flyer for more details and please sign-up HERE to see volunteer options for snacks, set-up, and pinning Racing Bib Numbers on students. We can't wait to see all the students full of Excel spirit being active and raising money for the school we love!

Tentative schedule for the day to get you ahead on planning:

KINDERGARTEN 8:30 am – 9:10 am

1ST GRADE 8:30 am - 9:10 am

2ND GRADE 12:40pm - 1:25pm

3RD GRADE 12:45pm - 1:30pm

4TH GRADE 10:15am - 11:00am

5TH GRADE 10:20am - 11:05am

6th, 7TH, & 8th GRADE 2:30pm - 3:15pm

Breakfast and Lunch Order Forms

Click HERE to sign up for breakfast & lunches.

May Menus available.

Grade Level Information

Elementary Grades K-5

Middle School Grades 6-8

Arvada West HS Leadership Camp

Summer Leadership Camp for 6th-8th grade students including incoming freshman.

May 31st from: 9:30am- 3:00pm

Where: @ Arvada West High School

Cost: $25 shirt + lunch + experience

Camp Flyer

Culture Corner

SOAR at Excel

SOAR at Excel is a way for all staff to recognize the ways students exemplify important student values and behaviors that contribute to a safe, positive, and impactful learning environment for everyone! Every day, at 2:30 PM, students come to the office and we celebrate every student who has earned recognition for their efforts throughout the day.

K-Maya Pridy

1st-Tatum Criswell

2nd-Marina Marks

3rd-Liam Enck

4th-Ethan Templeton

5th-Zoey Sachs

6th-Maillee Wallace

7th-Tucker Rhoades

8th-Abel Viguerias

Class Soar Award: Mr. Ainson's Core 1 ELA class

For these students, and for every student who earns SOAR tickets, congratulations! Showing all the ways students exemplify these values makes us such an amazing place to learn and grow each day. Super job Excel Eagles!


Board of Directors

Mom's Night Out - Save the Date! Wednesday, May 17th from 7pm to 10pm

Calling all Excel Family Moms, Grandmoms, Caretakers, and anyone who loves a good girl’s night out, let's get together to make new friends, meet up with old friends, and have some good old fashioned fun! This is our last one of the school year where we welcome all of our new moms joining the crew next year! This is a very casual get together. Leave the kids at home and come grab food if you'd like, drinks, or just the camaraderie. We would love to have you join us. And don't worry if you don't know anyone...we will introduce you (there will be name tags!). Location and evite coming next week!

PTO Members Wanted!

The PTO is still looking for some new members for the 2023-2024 school year! We have some great goals, and we need your help to make them happen! The PTO will forego elections this year, as we want as many folks as we can get within our community to help us redefine what next year will bring. We’ve learned that our community’s needs are evolving in ways we couldn’t have predicted and our approach to what community activities look like next year also needs to evolve. Come help us redefine how we WANT to come together!

Come help us define:
What our VISION is for our community
What it looks like to participate in that effort
What WE can build together for next year.

Come help us toward:
Creating Core Memories
Bringing Families together in Community
Building Lasting Connection

Please reach out to us to learn what it’s all about! Fill out the interest form found on the front page of the PTO website to join the PTO and secure your invite to the May planning meeting! You can find our contact details and more information on our website:

Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up May 8th - 12th!

Don't forget to help our students share their gratitude for our very special teachers in whatever way makes the most sense for you and your family!

Board Election Announcement

Applications for the Excel Academy Board of Directors closed April 28th. Because there were three open seats and only one application, an election will not be held.

Joseph Tassano, who filled a term vacancy this year, will be elected for the 23/24-25/26 term. The board will be working to recruit and appoint candidates to fill open seats prior to the start of next school year.

Current Board Members and their terms:

Craig McCoy – 21/22-23/24

Matt Bruno – 22/23-24/25

Lauren Johnston – 22/23-24/25

Kia Murray – 22/23-24/25

Thank you to Ken Cope and Tish Antill for their service on the board and dedication to Excel Academy over many years. Their terms will conclude at the end of this school year.

Board Meetings

The next BOD meeting will be on May 9, 2023 Here is the link to the Board tab on the website with additional meeting information. Please join us!

2022-2023 Excel BOD Committee List

2022-23 Excel BOD Committee List is linked HERE.

Enriching Activities


SLHS Summer B-Ball Flyer

Buy a Skate City Summer Pass!

Buy a Skate City Summer pass and Excel Academy receives 2% back for every card sold.

Click HERE to purchase your card.

Arvada West Youth Wrestling

Arvada West Youth Wrestling summer program for ages 4-14.


Arvada Youth Football

Tackle football registration is open for the upcoming fall season! We offer a free rookie camp in May and June for any new players who may be on the fence. Registration is open for 1st-8th graders.

Camp Invention

STEM Summer Camp: Click HERE for Details.

Youth Rugby

Youth Rugby Flyer

CU Wizards Presents!

CU Wizards Presents: Professor Mark Hoefer

CU Wizards Schedule

Machine Pitch Baseball

Machine Pitch Baseball for 6-8 year old children. Click HERE for details.

Summer Enrichment

Here is a link to some summer enrichment opportunities.
Please contact Julie Smith or Sandy Hinojosa in the office if you know of opportunities for students after school that would like to post information in our Eagle Update.